The Intervention is used immediately before a lesson in the classroom or group setting. Its goal is to prime the student for learning and retention.The implementation of the Ignite! Intervention will depend on the goals for the session.
For instance, a Math class will use a different warmup and focusing drills than will an English class; a class experienced in the Ignite! method will use more advanced exercises than a new group.
Step #1 – Mobility.A 'mobility' warmup will include movements of all joints in all planes. Mobility includes – but is not limited to- stretching and unweighted rehearsal of the movements to be used in the workout.
Step #2 – Increase the Heart Rate. Challenging calisthenics, running, or other exercise to elevate the heart rate. This is a triggerfor chemicals like BDNF and IGF-1, and has the effect of sprinkling Miracle-Gro on the neurons.
Step #3 – Perform the NeuroMotive Intervention designed for the subject matter.In the chart below, you will find specific skills for eye tracking, hearing, speech, memory, and handwriting. (Appendix 'C' in the NeuroMotive Coach Textbook, "Cognitive Enrichment Through Movement," has 50 sample Interventions for each sensory input.)
Step #4: Create The Optimal Mindset and Learning Environment. Using the methods from earlier in this text, reinforce the Growth Mentality, the Practice Paradigm, and other of the several points made here.
Step #5: Teach the Lesson
Step #6: Perform Anchoring Exercises. Using contextual-generating tools, writing 750 words, journaling, or other memory techniques (see textbook,) make the lesson 'stick.'
Step #7: Cool Down with Easy Stretching and Water Intake.
All Comparing Body Awareness/Coordination workouts include:1) Locomotor movement; 2) 3 variations of a complex movement eg. (Squat – narrow stance, wide stance, toes out); and 3) the complex movement (squats)
Today's Math Intervention:
10m Bear Crawl
2 narrow stance squats
2 wide stance squats
2 toes out squats
2 natural stance squats